Tuesday, September 15, 2020



I had a wonderful day yesterday.

I cycled to the end of a quiet Monday morning Trail and took a video for you but although it is only 19 seconds long, it's apparently too large to upload without using YouTube. It consisted of sunlight on lovely trees and shimmering water. I'm afraid you'll have to imagine it.

Here is today's dawn instead:

And in the afternoon, I sat in the sunshine and drew.

One day I will fit a drawing onto the paper. You'd think A3 would be big enough.

The cat moved after I'd drawn in her outline, which is why she isn't completed.

This drawing took me one and a half hours and I had to stop to make tea before I could do the fringes on the blanket. I'm sure van Gogh never had this problem. (No, Sue. He had others.)

A friend sent me a video this morning which I want to share with you. It's on Facebook (which I don't have) but you can see it anyway. 

Here in red is the title and the link:

Four minutes of eye contact brings people together better than everything else. Arthur Aron, psychologist.

In case you cannot read French, refugees were paired with ordinary people in Berlin whom they had never met before: some Germans, Italians, Polish, British and Belgian.

I found it moving and heartwarming. After watching it and thinking about it, the psychologist in me pointed out that the Europeans engaged here must have already been sympathetic people in order to agree to join in. But still. It's a wonderful video. And they WERE strangers. Look at the connections. 

“Connection is why we're here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”

Brene Brown

It's why I write this blog.


Sally said...

Just home from my first cycle on 'your' Monsal Trail, from Hassop Station to the end & back. Beautiful scenery & perfect weather, probably a tad busier than early yesterday but not overly so. Now recovering with tea & carrot cake. I think you must be pretty fit! Sally🙂

Anonymous said...

The video moved me to tears. Jenetta

Sue Hepworth said...

Me too, Jenetta.

Hi Sally, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I am quite fit but sometimes it’s a struggle to get to the end and back.